State Biomonitoring Grants
New Jersey Public Health and Environmental Laboratories (NJ PHEL)
The State of New Jersey Biomonitoring Program will expand its biomonitoring capability and capacity to conduct both statewide surveillance and targeted investigations. NJ Biomonitoring will conduct statewide surveillance for exposures to various chemicals, including heavy metals, cotinine, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), flame retardants, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to establish exposure trends and identify subpopulations with elevated exposure levels in NJ.
NJ Biomonitoring will conduct two targeted investigations to assess exposures to environmental toxins in vulnerable subpopulations. The first project is a prenatal screening and intervention program for expectant mothers and newborns who are at a high-risk for lead and mercury exposure. The second project entails measuring toxic metals and pesticides in newborn samples in collaboration with NJ Newborn Screening Program to expand the biomonitoring capability/capacity to test newborn samples.
For additional information about this program, please contact the program lead:
Zhihua (Tina) Fan, PhD